Youth Offer (Supplementary) [7]

Session date: 
February 20, 2008
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Youth Offer money and the doubling of youth activities is an opportunity to try to restore some of the quality and the integrity of youth work that has been lost over the years. Is there any programme for making sure there is an evaluation of how the money is spent and whether or not it does meet this criterion of young people being involved?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for Youth Offer (Supplementary) [7]

Answer for Youth Offer (Supplementary) [7]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There is going to be proper monitoring because this is not a one-off package. Having raised the provision of youth services hopefully to about double what it was last year, we will then want to sustain it. We will put in place a proper monitoring structure. When Ed Balls, the Secretary of State concerned, announced the £58 million for this, it was his absolute determination that, not only would we oversee this so that there is no fiddling, but also that we insist that local people have to be involved in determining what has to be done. It is no good people of our generation saying, 'A bit of ping pong will be fine'. Kids have moved on a bit these days and it will be a much more diverse package than would otherwise have been the case if it was left to us.